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MHWirth Part of Study in the Southeast Area of the Barents Sea

MHWirth Part of Study in the Southeast Area of the Barents Sea
September 1, 2016 Sissel Mittet

MHWirth Part of Study in the Southeast Area of the Barents Sea

Based on a successful pre study, MHWirth has been awarded a study in the Barents Sea by Rambøll Oil & Gas for the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA). MHWirth’s tasks are to assess appropriate drilling installations and drilling equipment for operations in harsh environment, including the HSE aspect. The time frame for the study is three years.

For the first time in 20 years a new area will be made available for petroleum activities in the Southeast Barents Sea. The Southeast area of the Barents Sea is a vulnerable area with new and comprehensive challenges. In addition, the region is characterized by extreme conditions, including long distances and low temperatures. The project team at MHWirth has already commenced their work gathering and analysing empirical data while assessing potential risks.

“We are very pleased that MHWirth has been awarded this study, and we consider it recognition of our special competence within drilling installations, equipment, operations and HSE,” says CEO of MHWirth, Finn Amund Norbye. “We hope to be instrumental in helping future operators make good, sustainable choices and furthermore, we expect participation in this study to yield useful insight that MHWirth can benefit from in other projects in harsh environments.”

“This is an interesting project from an engineering perspective too,” says Project Manager at MHWirth, Sigbjørn Gislefoss. “The study includes identifying protection methods and assessing if there is a need for other types of drilling rigs than those that are used in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea today. The overall purpose is to address challenges and identify possible solutions that can help achieve safe and efficient drilling operations in the Southeast area of the Barents Sea.”